Former vice president and current GOP presidential candidate Mike Pence was blasted by conservatives on social media this week over a video at a gas station that showed him appearing to fill up the tank of a pickup truck while criticizing the Biden administration.
“Remember $2 gallon gas? I do,” the Indiana Republican said to the camera as he worked the gas pump. “And then Joe Biden became president of the United States and launched his war on energy.”
But the video, seen over a million times and meant to promote his energy independence plan, was mocked by many on social media who pointed out a beeping noise could be heard in the background that suggested he wasn’t actually filling up the tank.
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Republican presidential candidate and former Vice President Mike Pence delivers a speech during a Celebrate Life Day Rally at the Lincoln Memorial on June 24, 2023. (Anna Rose Layden/Getty Images)
“How can this dipstick fix our energy independence when he can’t even push the button that chooses which octane gas he wants to make the ‘beeping’ sound stop?!” comedian Rob Schneider tweeted.
“Has he never pumped his own gas before?” political commentator Steven Crowder tweeted.
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Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Republican Party Of Iowa’s annual Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines on Friday, July 28, 2023. (Rachel Mummey/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
The Pence campaign announced on Monday that it has met the requirements to participate in the first GOP presidential nomination debate that will be aired on Fox News later this month.
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Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Clinton County GOP Hog Roast on July 30, 2023, in Clinton, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
The campaign crossed the 40,000-donor threshold, which is one of two criteria set by the Republican National Committee for GOP White House hopefuls to reach the debate stage. Pence had already passed the polling threshold mandated by the RNC.